How to Attach a Headboard to the Wall Using Wall Brackets

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How to Attach a Headboard to the Wall Using Wall Brackets
Mount your headboard directly to the wall. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Wall brackets are a wide variety of brackets designed to make it simple and easy to mount large pieces of art or furniture to walls safely and quickly. The largest wall brackets are called French Cleats. A French Cleat is essentially a single board that has been cut at a 45-degree angle along its length. The pointed-edged half is mounted to the wall with the sharp side out. The other half is mounted to the furniture with the pointed side toward the wall. When the two boards join, they form a long, tight connection that will support a lot of weight. Smaller cleats and brackets in the same category all follow this principle of design to some degree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Stud finder
  • Level
  • Pencil
  • Cleats

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  1. 1

    Locate the position where you want to mount the headboard to the wall. Measure the bed from the floor to the top of the mattress. Add 4 inches for the bottom edge of the headboard. Use your level and draw a few horizontal marks on the wall to use as guides.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of your headboard. Center your headboard width along your horizontal marks and draw vertical lines indicating the outside edges of your headboard.

  3. 3

    Move a stud finder between your vertical marks and mark the location of each stud.

  4. 4

    Measure the height of your headboard and make a few marks on the wall indicating where it should be when you install it. Turn the headboard over and look for the best locations for mounting brackets. Look for a flat, solid wood surface from the top to the middle height of the headboard.

  5. 5

    Measure down from the top of the headboard to where you want to install the brackets and draw a level horizontal line on the back side of your headboard. Transfer the locations of your wall studs to your horizontal lines (you should have guide lines on all sides of the headboard drawn on the wall to help you).

  6. 6

    Attach your furniture-side brackets (downward-facing cleat) at the stud locations on the back side of the headboard. Attach your wall-side brackets (upward-facing cleats) to the wall at the same locations.

  7. 7

    Line up the side marks of your headboard (on the wall) with the headboard and slide the headboard down until the cleats connect solidly.

Tips and warnings

  • Careful measurements will help you position your headboard level and exactly where you want it. Always try to mount cleats into studs.

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